Leen Mills Primary School is a larger-than-average-sized primary school in Nottingham. The school had a unique take on using Primary Futures, as they incorporated volunteers from the world of work into their Enterprise Week in their school. This entailed children competing to create, market and sell a product throughout the week as part of team, culminating in a stall on the Friday where students compete to be Entrepreneur of the Week! Children must be team players and develop skills in creativity and problem solving throughout the week.
The teacher, Tom Konsek, had been organising an Enterprise week for the last couple of years, this time relating what they were doing to real-life jobs using Primary Futures to source a range of volunteers. He hoped to raise aspirations for the children, with a special focus on science-related role models. Volunteers included a Scientist, Construction Engineer, Dog Walker, Learning & Development Consultant and a Sports Coach.
To kick off their Enterprise Week, Tom set up a ‘What’s my line?’ assembly game, where the students were competing against the adults to correctly guess the job roles of the volunteers. Questions asked included “Does your job involve working outdoors? Is your job about sports?”. They then went into classroom talks where the children could learn more about their job roles and how they got there.
Tom commented: “Inviting guests into our school has an amazing impact on the aspirations of our children. It was easy to set up the event. The Schools Engagement Coordinator was kind, friendly and attentive to the needs of our school and an event was created in minutes. Primary Futures website is simple to use and with one phone call we were able to reach out to hundreds of volunteers in our region. We were able to make bespoke search criteria. For example, we wanted to focus on inspiring girls in science and computing. Each volunteer had a profile which displayed their current or previous role and you were able to contact them to prepare the resources and content. The volunteers arrived on time and were happy to join in with our assembly. Following the ‘what’s my line?’ assembly the volunteers rotated around two classes each and spend around 30 mins in a classroom conversation style activity. Many children reported a high (8-10/10) score in relation to the impact the visitors had. I would definitely recommend other schools get involved with the scheme.”
The school have created a video to share what went on in their school: